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Faculty History

The Faculty of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences (BioTech UPM) was established on 1st August 2004 with the merger of two departments, the Department of Biotechnology (from the Faculty of Food Science and Biotechnology) and the Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology (from the Faculty of Science and Environmental Studies). With the formation of BioTech UPM, all activities involving biotechnology in UPM are organized under one administration. Since its establishment, the Faculty has four departments:

  • Department of Bioprocess Technology
  • Department of Cell & Molecular Biology
  • Department of Biochemistry
  • Department of Microbiology


Each department offers core and elective courses for its own programme as well as for other programmes. Besides teaching, the academic staff members are also involved actively in research, extension services and consultancy. Although it is a new faculty, all the academic staff members are very experienced and have broad scientific knowledge in their respective fields. BioTech UPM has various expertise and facilities to support teaching and research as well as to provide professional services in all fields involving biotechnology. Current statistics, BioTech UPM has a total of 139 staff comprising of 70 Management & Professional (Academic), 13 Management & Professional (Non Academic) and 56 Executing Groups. While the Management & Professional Academic Group includes 11 Professors, 15 Associate Professors, 40 Senior Lecturers and 4 Tutors.


Currently, the Faculty offers four academic programmes at the Bachelor’s degree level. These programmes are :

  • Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology with Honours
  • Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry with Honours
  • Bachelor of Science in Microbiology with Honours
  • Bachelor of Science in Cell & Molecular Biology with Honours


For post-graduate studies, the Faculty offers the Master of Science (MS) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programmes. The fields of study offered for the MS and PhD programmes are Bioinformatics, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Genetic Engineering, Industrial Biotechnology, Food and Enzyme Biotechnology, Animal Cell Biotechnology, Environmental Biotechnology, Plant Biotechnology, Structural Biology, Microbiology and Nanobiotechnology.

Updated:: 11/07/2017 [m_radzi]

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